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Question DetailsAsked on 10/11/2017

How much does it cost to replace attic stairs if the hole is a different size than the existing hole?

There is existing stairs there but I want them replaced. I need the price if the new stairs fit the existing hole and the price if the stairs are larger or smaller than the existing hole.

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For pricing you would have to contact several carpenters or handymen to price your specific job - but new ladder in same size hole probably in the $300-500 labor and incidental materials range plus the cost of the new stairs, which are commonly around $100-200 for cheap metal one, $200-400 for lower quality wood one or better metal one, more like $500-1500 for higher-end wood one, ones with pop-up handrails, or ones for high ceiling situations.

For larger or smaller size hole, provided the ladder assembly still fits in the same width between joists (usually 22" wide ladder going between 2-foot-on-center joists/trusses) maybe $100-150 more to change the bracing/blocking location and cut out or put in a drywall piece and paint to match.

If the new one is too wide to fit between existing joists, then you can probably add on the order of $500-1000 ADDITIONAL for conventional wood rafter and floor joist construction, or more like $1000-2000 ADDITIONAL if it means cutting out the bottom chord on a truss and transferring that load to adjacent truss. (Those $ would include structural engineer design of the load transfer arrangement to handle the cutting of the roofing framing). Not something you generally want to do unless putting in a permanent stairway (not an attic hatch access ladder) to access new living space in the attic, which orf course would be done as part of the attic remodel.

Here is a link to another similar previous question with answer which might help too:

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